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Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

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The Chora Church (Turkish Kariye Müzesi, Camii yahut Kilisesi — variously the Chora Museum, Mosque or Church) is considered to be one of the most beautiful examples of a Byzantine church. The church is situated in the western, Erdinekapı district of...more
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Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8 | Karagümrük, Fatih, Istanbul 34087, Turkey
Fener & Balat
+90 212 631 92 41
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Very interesting "small" church with some of the earliest mosaics used in christian churches. Although not a "secret spot" it is not nearly as busy as all the major tourist attractions.

Thank Backpacktopia
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are works on this building, not allowing visitors to see a part of this temple. But the rest is a masterpiece of bizantine art.

Thank JosepM-Garcia
Reviewed 3 days ago

We grabbed a cab from Eminonu along the Bosphorus to go to the Chuch of the St Saviour in Chora (Kariye museum). The drive took us along the ancient walls of the city and the beautiful ruins of Tekfur Saray, the Palace of the Porphyrogenitus,...More

Thank Nevine D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The most beautiful place in Istanbul. It's well hidden and a bit hard to reach by public transport, but it's worth the trouble.I've never seen so beautiful mosaics. The place is under reconstrucion,but still lots to see inside. Hope that the church itself will be...More

Thank Simona P
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This is an amazing place to visit. Tells the story of the birth of Mary, mother of Jesus. The mosaics are glittering works of art, you will be beguiled by the atmosphere of this ancient place.

Thank tincress
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

To start off, I highly recommend a licensed guide to explain the mosaics. They tell a great story but are not in chronological order. A guide is really worth it. The mosaics are well preserved. It’s a small place but packs a lot of history

Thank vmart760
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There’s around 90 pictures made of tiny mosaic tiles depicting the story of Christianity. One of the rooms was closed for renovations when I visited, nevertheless thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

Thank YasmeenM7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

while not the easiest or nearest to get to, this is a great place to visit to learn about the Byzantine history and of Istanbul. lovely, beautiful small church and well preserved architecture that is great as a starter to Istanbul before you head to...More

Thank KiaBoHe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had read here that the nave was closed at the moment for restoration, so I wondered if it was worth the trip to Chora Church With the majority of the mosaics located in the narthex, the museum is still absolutely exquisite despite the nave...More

Thank SydneyKath
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This site was undergoing construction when I was there in October, 2018. Hence, there is very little to see. They do not tell you that when you are buying the tickets. I will pass on this museum if it is still under construction. There is...More

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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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spiceboy5
31 October 2018|
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Response from namnam75 | Reviewed this property |
Hello. The Chora Church is open 7 days a week from 9:00 - 7:00 pm. However some parts may be closed for restoration work. You can check their website, closer to your travel date, and plan accordingly.
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daniel02gc
23 October 2018|
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Response from adtraveller2016 | Reviewed this property |
I am not sure individually , but there is a museum pass which is better value if you are going to other sites, eg Ag Sofia- and it also helps jump the long queues. check re the building and restoration work though as lot... More
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18 March 2016|
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Response from FatihMehmetCelebi | Reviewed this property |
According to the website (In Turkish) the museum is open everyday. Winter from 09:00 - 16:30 Summer from 09:00 - 19:00 The price is 15 TL (4.90 EUR). Enjoy, you will love it! Hope the renovations are done though.
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